Captain John Franklin and Sir Ernest Shackleton: The History of Britain’s Most Famous Polar Explorers and Their Expeditions Kindle Edition    -  Free Download @ Amazon
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Captain John Franklin and Sir Ernest Shackleton: The History of Britain’s Most Famous Polar Explorers and Their Expeditions Kindle Edition - Free Download @ Amazon

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Found 5th Feb
Interesting book of outstanding bravery !!!
Includes pictures
*Includes contemporary accounts
*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading
*Includes a table of contents

Most
anyone who has received a basic education in world history knows the
story of how “in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” Most also know
that Christopher Columbus made first contact with the Americas while
searching for a water route to Asia. However, far fewer people remember
that the search for such a route continued for centuries after Columbus’
death. After the discovery of the Americas, several European countries
were interested in finding the route, and nations from France to Spain
sent out explorers searching for the mysterious route. While these
voyages did not reveal the hoped for route, they did result in large
parts of both North and South America being mapped, and as more of the
new land mass was determined, the parameters of the search for such a
route were narrowed. By the 18th century, explorers began to seek such a
route to the north, looking for the legendary Northwest Passage.

Eventually,
some countries lost interest, but England remained determined, and the
masters of the waves continued to send ship after ship and crew after
crew across the Atlantic. By the early 19th century, the search was
taking expeditions to the Arctic, and each time a team returned to
England telling stories of how it was stymied by ice or bad weather,
another team confidently went out, certain that it would be the one to
make it through.

This ultimately led to the voyage of Captain
John Franklin, who left Britain in 1845 for the Arctic in the hopes of
completing mapping the Northwest Passage. Instead of returning with
spices and silks, Franklin and his men disappeared, leaving behind them a
mystery that plagued the English conscience for decades. Ironically,
the ill-fated trip only became more legendary when its mystery was
solved than it was when it remained a curiosity. It was a tale of ice
and cold, starvation and desperation, and a tragically fatal one.

Exploration
of Earth’s wilderness areas became an international obsession in the
late 19th and early 20th centuries, as economically advantaged nations,
in particular European powers and the United States were well equipped
to mount exhaustive expeditions. From previously inaccessible forests
and jungle country to the world’s great mountain ranges, adventurers
sought out the greatest extremes of climate and terrain in a race to
plant the first flag where humanity struggled to survive.

Locating
the North Pole was, in a navigational sense, far more problematic than
its counterpart in the south. The North Pole is situated on a moving
foundation of ice, constantly shifting its position. To plant a flag
there is useless, as it is prone to drift great distances in an
unpredictable direction. However, reaching the South Pole presented the
most torturous climatic obstacle on the planet, and with the size of the
ice continent in the early years of the century, the distance from a
ship in harbor to the center required a vast trek carrying minimal
rations.

Britain made its first and finest statement for actually
reaching the South Pole in the first years of the 20th century. The
dangers of the Antarctic, including scurvy, dehydration, and
hypothermia, were well known to all major explorers. They also
understood that even the most incidental detail of an expedition going
amiss could spell doom for all parties involved.

The era was
universally dubbed the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, but its
greatest story did not stem from the actual achievement of reaching the
pole. It was, rather, one of the most profound and heroic rescues ever
witnessed that affirmed the empire’s greatness, embodied by the inspired
insistence and exemplary conduct of Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton. This
unlikely figure entered the rich man’s world of polar exploration
through an astonishing persistence.
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This should be a cracking read, thanks OP
Looks interesting.
I think I'll enjoy having a flick through.
Probably learn a few things too.
Thanks Boz.
Pootled1 m ago

Looks interesting.I think I'll enjoy having a flick through.Probably learn …Looks interesting.I think I'll enjoy having a flick through.Probably learn a few things too.Thanks Boz.



Yes book is well worth exploring before popping out to Iceland for fishfingers
Boz4 m ago

Yes book is well worth exploring before popping out to Iceland for …Yes book is well worth exploring before popping out to Iceland for fishfingers



I would rather go to the country and catch the fish myself than have to brave the tills in the shop.
Pootled55 s ago

I would rather go to the country and catch the fish myself than have … I would rather go to the country and catch the fish myself than have to brave the tills in the shop.



Very Wise
Great find
Thanks OP!
Thanks Boz..
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